Re: Yiddish Name "Chalia" #names
Has anyone ever come across the name "Chalia" for a woman?
The name was most likely a Yiddish name for a Jewish woman who was born in the Ukraine approximately 1850. Her maiden surname was Levine.
I haven't found the name in Harkavy's 1925 list (or any of the other wonderful name resources on https://bloodandfrogs.com/names:)
The name was dictated to a clerk in NY on a death certificate as someone's mother's name. It is possible the clerk misheard and mistranslated.
There are some websites which say it is a Hebrew name but I am not sure if the aforementioned woman would have gone by a Hebrew name and it seems to be uncommon. I have never heard it in modern usage.
I thought perhaps it is some kind of merging of the name "Chaya Leah" ?